Choosing the right attorney makes all the difference in a personal injury case!

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There are hundreds, if not thousands of personal injury attorneys. However, personal injury attorneys are not all the same. Each law firm has different goals as a business, and the strategies they use in their cases are aligned. Choosing a small firm with values that align with your personal goals for your case will give your case the attention and time it needs to get you the best possible outcome.

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25 Years

Of Experience

No Upfront Fees

On Our Cases

5 Star

Legal Representation

Easy Communication

With Our Office

Punitive Damages in Maritime Law Louisiana Attorney

punitive damages in maritime law louisiana attorney

When it comes to a personal injury case, there are two types of damage that a victim can seek: compensatory and punitive. The term compensatory is used to describe damages that are provided based on the medical bills and other losses the injured victim is subjected to. The term punitive refers to damages paid by an individual who is responsible for causing the injury based on bad judgment or negligence. In the maritime injury, the same damage options apply, including punitive damages. 

The purpose of filing for punitive damages is to hold the responsible party at fault for your injuries. The amount that can be received will vary, with factors such as the nature of the accident and the events surrounding the incident coming in to play. 

Punitive damages were not awarded to injured seamen in the maritime injury until 2009. A case in the Supreme Court known as Atlantic Sounding Co. V. Townsend helped to turn the tide on how compensation was awarded in the maritime industry. The case helped to establish that punitive damages are allowed under general maritime laws, but there are no defined rules based on such damages. Thus, you need an experienced maritime injury attorney by your side to ensure you receive the compensation you so justly deserve. 

Consideration of Negligence

When we review your personal injury case as a seaman, we will be looking at your injury and the cause of the injury. Were you put in harm’s way due to someone else’s negligence? Was the ship in proper working order or maintained as it should be to create a safe work environment? We must work to determine the cause of your injury and who is at fault. Once we determine that negligence is at play, we can then file a claim for compensation and work on proving your case. 

It is important that all the facts are gathered and an experienced attorney works on your case so that it is presented well in court. You want to win compensation to help pay for damages suffered due to the injury, as well as hold the individual responsible for your injury. Whether it be your employer or the shipowner, it is important to hold individuals accountable so that others are not injured in the future. 

When you have been injured while employed in the maritime industry, contact our team of personal injury attorneys. We can assist in providing you with insight into compensation claims and help you file based on your individual case. 

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Attorney Brent Cueria founded the Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C. located in New Orleans, in order to focus on the representation of injured individuals, where his true passion is. Mr. Cueria uses his past experience to diligently advocate for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies.

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  • $475,000

    Jones Act Seaman Injured in Oil Spill

  • $475,000

    Jones Act Seaman Orthopedic Injury

  • $400,000

    Passenger in Truck Crash Trial

  • $1,250,000

    Tractor Trailer Injury

  • $1,500,000

    Automobile Accident Settlement

  • $2,000,000

    Hotel Premises Liability Settlement

Positive Client Reviews

Brent is very professional and easy to work with. He made sure I was taken care of better than I expected. Very nice man and great team!
Kristin Marks
Kristin Marks
19:45 29 May 19
Mr. Brent Cueria does an amazing job! He was always available for any questions or concerns that I had. There was never a moment that he wouldn't take the time to help me out and keep me updated on the process of my case! A great attorney and an amazing guy!
Kevin Byrd
Kevin Byrd
15:59 08 May 19
Awesome caring firm that puts the clients needs first always. Brent was an exceptional lawyer and good person. I highly recommend Cueria Law Firm.
Cat D
Cat D
14:19 24 Apr 19
I had a good experience with this firm. The staff was professional and protected my personal interest. I would definitely recommend them.
Tameka Lewis
Tameka Lewis
22:35 07 Feb 19
Mr. Cueria was amazing, helped me beyond my expectations, they answer the phone and respond promptly to their clients. Very easy going, respectful, and professional.
April Washington
April Washington
21:59 10 Jan 19
Very nice reliable law firm... we really had good experience with him. And we are really thankful. I recommend him to everyone.
Salwan Ibrahimi
Salwan Ibrahimi
22:43 08 Nov 18
Mr. Brent is a great personal injury attorney as well as a caring attorney. He is always available to talk and answer all our questions. Mr. Brent does not take you on as just a client. He treats you like family.
Rashonda Matthews
Rashonda Matthews
17:11 01 Nov 18
The BEST in New Orleans!! I came into this office not knowing what would be the outcome of my case, and Brent assured me he got this! A big thanks to him and his staff for all your hard work!! I’m telling you if you need someone to represent he’s definitely the guy to call!! Love you guys! Until next time !😁
Allison Johnson
Allison Johnson
15:40 11 Oct 18
Highly recommended!! He’s a very caring attorney!! Gets the job done!!
Juju Giambe
Juju Giambe
21:14 22 Mar 18
Great experience. Very professional and personal at the same time. Highly recommended.
Hortense Ambrose
Hortense Ambrose
17:33 05 Mar 18
Mr. Cueria is very professional and works hard to assure that you received the best of outcome possible. Mr. Cueria and his staffed worked diligintly to give me the best settlement possible. I was very satisfied. -
Erica Ross
Erica Ross
13:17 07 Feb 18
I Love Mr. Brent. They handle me with tender loving care
Shannan Holmes
Shannan Holmes
08:55 30 Jan 18
This was my first experience ever having a lawyer and I was very grateful and it was very pleasant. Everything worked out for the best and I would definitely recommend Brent.
Lionel Vicknair
Lionel Vicknair
16:06 07 Dec 17

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There are many factors that can affect the outcome of your case, but time is often the most important. Call Cueria Law Firm today to speak to an attorney about your claim, and get started on the path to physical, emotional and financial recovery.

The team at Cueria Law Firm is here to assist you in all steps of your case - setting up doctor's appointments, starting an insurance claim, requesting a rental car, and more. We understand life after an accident can be overwhelming, but you aren't going through it alone.

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